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Canoeing

Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim.  Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and life jackets, is included in the trip price.

Upcoming Trips

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SEPTEMBER 24 (Saturday)
River Clean-Up via Canoeing
Harpeth River, TN
Cost:  FREE!

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 16

 

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 9/20 at 5:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way

We have cleaned this river before, so maybe it will show! This will be a 5-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Harpeth River. Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies,and lunch are provided. Beginners are welcome. (Note: this is during the VU Family Weekend.) Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 5 pm.

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OCTOBER 8 (Saturday)

Canoeing
Buffalo River, TN
Cost:  $44

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/4 at 5:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way

The Buffalo River is one of the last free flowing rivers in Tennessee. It is a fun Class I river that is good for beginners, but has enough interesting turns and ripples to satisfy more experienced canoeists.We will paddle a 6.9 mile stretch of the river. There are cool rock walls and clear water to enjoy. Cost includes transportation, lunch, canoe equipment and the shuttle. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 9 pm.

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OCTOBER 13-16 (Thursday – Sunday)  FALL BREAK
Canoe-Camping and Cave Touring
Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Cost:  $149

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, 10/6 at 5:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way

 

Although this National Park is known for its caves, it actually has a great river for canoe-camping. The Green River is a fairly deep river with beautiful tree covered hills surrounding it. We plan on going on a cave tour and car camping before beginning an 18.5 mile, 3-day, 2-night canoe-camping trip. Highlights will include the fall colors and checking out a few small caves along the way. We also plan to camp on islands each night. Beginners are welcome. Estimated trip duration: 10 am Thurs. – 5 pm Sun.

 

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DECEMBER 16-21 (Friday – Wednesday) WINTER BREAK
Canoeing and Island Camping
Cayo Costa State Park, Cayo Costa Island, FL
Cost:  $330

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 21

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

3.  Pay either $200 registration fee or pay the $330 in full.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, 11/3 at 5:30 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way

Have you ever wanted to paddle out to a tropical island paradise and simply relax away from everything? If so, than this is the trip for you! Trade in the white snow up here in Tennessee for the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. This trip starts with a road trip down to Southwest Florida, followed by a saltwater paddle to the barrier island of Cayo Costa, which is only accessible by boat. We will spend 2 days relaxing and exploring the island, and even a day paddle to Cabbage Key (the location Jimmy Buffet wrote “Cheese Burger in Paradise”) for… well … a cheeseburger in paradise! It is going to be a great mixture of adventure and relaxation in sunny South Florida this winter break. Estimate trip duration: 7 am Fri. to 8 pm Wed.

COST INCLUDES: transportation (via 12-passenger van) to and from Vanderbilt University, camping/hotel fees, group and canoeing equipment, and in-camp meals. Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so don’t delay.

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Trip Information

 

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during ORC rental hours. This is also where the Pre-Trip Meeting takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.